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Edward Bess Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick
Edward Bess Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick

Edward Bess Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick ($32.00 for 0.13 oz.) is described as a “soft coral.” It’s medium-dark coral-orange with a soft, satiny finish and warm undertones. NARS Lodhi is a shade or so lighter. MAC Style Surge is pinker. Chanel La Ravissante is darker and redder. Dolce & Gabbana Cosmopolitan is darker, redder. MAC Vegas Volt is a smidgen pinker.

The Ultra Slick formula is supposed to be creamy, hydrating, long-wearing, and “[deliver] rich pigment with a satin finish.” Island Blossom is very pigmented–it’s pretty much one-stroke color–that glides on evenly, smoothly, and without tugging on the lips. The consistency is lightly creamy, so it applies easily but doesn’t slide around once applied. It feels lightweight and comfortable to wear, and this particular shade wore for five hours, which is good but a little short of long-wear (based on my averages, which would be closer to six). My lips felt nicely hydrated during and for a couple hours after wear.

Edward Bess Island Blossom Ultra Slick Lipstick

A
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick
Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.14 oz.) is described as a “purple metallic.” It’s a rich, red-toned violet magenta with violet shimmer and a frosted, metallic finish. MAC Heroine has no shimmer, so it is a bit darker and purpler. MAC Seductive Intent is very similar in color but has no shimmer. MAC Violetta is slightly purpler (not as red/magenta) but also has shimmer–but it is smaller so it doesn’t appear metallic.

Milani recently revamped and released their lipstick range, and one of the first shades I tried was Violet Volt (because who doesn’t love seeing a new purple lipstick?). The new formula is supposed to have “one stroke, full coverage application” with a “lightweight, creamy formula [that] contains vitamins A, C, and E to moisturize and nourish lips.”  It has mostly opaque color payoff, though it takes a little more than one stroke to get it there, but my biggest issue with it was how dry the lipstick felt.  I imagine part of that is due to the high frost content in this, as I could almost feel all the bits of shimmer as I applied it.  It definitely tugs and pulls at the lips, so “one stroke” is hard to achieve from a technical standpoint.  Unsurprisingly, the dryness does mean it wears like iron–no problem getting this color to last six hours (and it will stain).  It was neither drying nor hydrating, which was surprising, given how it felt on, I expected it to be drying.

Milani Color Statement Lipstick Violet Volt
Violet Volt
Violet Volt
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
7
Texture
10
Longevity
4
Application
84%
Total

Chanel Daydream (174) Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer
Chanel Daydream Glossimer

Chanel Daydream Glossimer ($29.50 for 0.19 fl. oz.) is described as an “intense metallic fuchsia.” It’s a fuchsia-red with fuchsia and silver sparkle. Guerlain Cherry Swing is lighter and has gold shimmer, but they are similar applied. MAC Totally Fab is redder. Lancome Sienne Ultime is slightly redder and less shimmery/glossy.

This spring, Chanel’s refreshed the Glossimer range with a few new shades, and Daydream is one of them. The Glossimer range is intended to vary from “simply sheer … to intense” with “subtle sheen to sparkly metallic [finishes].” Beyond that, the formula is supposed to be conditioning  comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. For those who have lamented over the lack of color in Chanel’s recent limited edition Glossimer releases, you’ll appreciate the semi-opaque color coverage of Daydream. It’s richer in color and still has plenty of sparkle to dance and glimmer in the light, while the color itself isn’t too red or fuchsia, and the result is something slightly muted and balanced between the two. Daydream lasted five hours on me, which was an hour above average. It’s lightly hydrating, comfortable to wear, non-sticky, and never gets gritty (and the sparkle doesn’t travel).

Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer Daydream
Daydream
Daydream
9.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
97%
Total

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MAC Cheery Cherry & Sweet Tooth Mineralize Lip Balms

MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm
MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm

MAC Cheery Cherry Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy mid-tone blue pink.” In the tube, it looks like a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and an iridescent pink pearl. It doesn’t impart much color–it adds a slight pinker tinge to my lips and a glossy shine. There is only a hint of shimmer, so it looks like a glossy balm or clear gloss (so dupes abound).

MAC Sweet Tooth Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm ($19.50 for 0.34 fl. oz.) is described as a “creamy lilac.” In the tube, it’s a cool-toned pink-lavender with subtle gold pearl. It has a slightly milky pink appearance on lips, so it emphasizes the natural pink coloring found in my lips but doesn’t impart much color. Instead, it’s mostly a glossy sheen and product that evens out my lips while keeping lips somewhat hydrating.

MAC’s Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm formula is just so-so for a lip balm–it’s nowhere near as hydrating as many other well-known lip balms (and not as good as MAC’s own Tinted Lip Conditioner). I could hardly tell the difference between the two of them applied, so I don’t think having both is necessary–unless you’re a huge fan of the formula! If it were as moisturizing as it was made out to be, I’d like it a lot more, but it’s just so hard to get excited over a product that’s this sheer and only a lightly hydrating when worn (but gave me no lasting moisture). The wear time on these two shades was around two hours, but I have no problem admitting that it was very hard to tell, since there was a lot of color to track–I mostly went on sheen and shimmer and a magnifying mirror.

MAC Cheery Cherry & Sweet Tooth Mineralize Lip Balms

B-
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
6
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick
MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick

MAC Pure Decoration Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white peach [with a Cremesheen finish.” It’s a warm-toned, light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. MAC Peachstock is darker. Guerlain Guerlinade is darker, browner. MAC Salute has a little more yellow in it.

It had mostly opaque color coverage once applied, but it had a tendency to cling to the lips. I highly recommend exfoliating lips prior to applying this, because even though I had, it still made my lips look a bit dry because of the way it clung. The consistency was somewhat creamy, but there was a little tugging when I used it on the lips.  Pure Decoration lasted three and a half hours on me, and it was slightly drying but did not ravage my lips (it was consistent with my experience with Cremesheens–slightly drying).

MAC Lipstick Pure Decoration
7.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8
Longevity
4
Application
82%
Total

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick
MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick

MAC Raspberry Swirl Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “light white blue pink [with a Cremesheen finish].” It’s a cool-toned, light-medium blue-based pink with a soft sheen. OCC Digitalis is lighter, bluer. MAC Snob is slightly darker/grayer. MAC Saint Germain is a touch purpler. MAC Pink Nouveau is brighter, pinker. MAC Naughty Saute is brighter, pinker, glossier. MAC All Styled Up is slightly pinker.

It has mostly opaque color coverage, and the consistency was creamy enough that the lipstick glided across the lips without pulling or tugging but not so creamy that it felt thick or was prone to creating lines of demarcation once applied.  Raspberry Swirl lasted four hours on me, and it was neither drying nor hydrating (but this is an improvement, as many Cremesheens are a bit drying on me).  It definitely felt creamier than other Cremesheens I’ve tried.  I noticed that this color did pull the yellow out of my teeth, which this kind of color can sometimes do.  I think that MAC does this color quite a bit, some are closer to this than others, but there are many variations of it and most of them are by MAC.

MAC Lipstick Raspberry Swirl
8.5
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total

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